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Some Good News for Fishermen

by admin on July 31st, 2010

In Louisiana, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Thursday reopened an area east of the Mississippi River in New Orleans and St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes to finfish and shrimp.
Sport fishing also reopened in an area from Pass a Loutre to the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River in southern Plaquemines. While not everyone was happy, with what was widely recognized as just a small part of the waters closed off Louisiana since the oil spill, many believed it was the first step, as the State and Federal Governments wait for tests from the FDA to confirm fish in a wider area of the Gulf are safe and that oyster and crab fishing can start back up. Many expect those tests to be completed and released next week.

In Mississippi, the DMR also opened a wide swath of state waters to commercial and recreational fishing. All areas of the Mississippi sound from the islands to the shore were opened yesterday to fishing and shrimping, but as in Louisiana, crabs and oysters are still not included in the list. Also State waters south of the island will stay closed until at least next week as further testing is completed.

This will get some shrimpers and commercial fishers back to work just as BP begins a rapid draw down of it’s workers and VOOP boats along the Gulf Coast. The question remains, are Americans ready to buy, and what exactly are the conditions of the fisheries after the worst ecological disaster in US history?

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